OSKY'S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE TO UTILIZE SPRINT BANDITS FORMAT TULSA, Okla. (August 1, 2006)- As the nation's top wingless racers descend upon Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA, next Tuesday night, August 8, for the Ultimate Challenge, there...
OSKY'S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE TO UTILIZE SPRINT BANDITS FORMAT
TULSA, Okla. (August 1, 2006)- As the nation's top wingless racers descend upon Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, IA, next Tuesday night, August 8, for the Ultimate Challenge, there will be a new look for the prestigious $30,000-to-win event sanctioned by the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits COMP Cams Tour 'N Topless series.
At the request of racers and fans alike, time trials have been replaced by the popular Sprint Bandits format of heat races and qualifying races, which paces a premium on every position gained or lost every time out on the track.
"Our number one goal is to provide a great show for our race fans," commented Terry McCarl, one-half of McTwo Promotions along with business partner Bill McCroskey. "I think the Sprint Bandits format is definitely fan friendly and provides great racing."
"It's also something that the owners and drivers all indicated they wanted to do," McCarl continued. "I talked to probably twenty different teams, and every one of them said the same thing: they all said they didn't want to time trial, they wanted to do the Sprint Bandits format."
With the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT format, drivers will draw for heat race starting position. With passing points in effect, points will be tallied at the conclusion of heat races, with a like number of qualifying races to follow with a six-car inversion in each qualifying race. Thus, the top point earner in heat race action will start sixth in the first qualifying race.
Passing points are in effect for the qualifying races as well. Combined points from the heats and qualifying races will determine feature lineups.
Along with the enhanced format, there will be some added bonuses for the racers throughout the night as well. Weld Racing will award a free set of front hubs to each heat race winner, with ButlerBuilt giving a free steering wheel. Among a number of other awards to be doled out over the night will be the Car Wash Mike $250 Hard Luck Award.
The nation's top wingless drivers are expected to contend for next Tuesday night's $30,000 top prize, including defending Ultimate Challenge winner and 2005 Sprint Bandits TNT champion Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Dave Darland, Cory Kruseman, Damion Gardner, Bryan Clauson, Josh Wise, Darren Hagen, Daron Clayton, 2004 Ultimate Challenge winner Dickie Gaines and the nation's winningest non-wing driver thus far in 2006, Jon Stanbrough.
Also, some top winged racers typically shed their wings for this special event, including 2002 race winner Travis Rilat and two-time Lakeside Speedway Wingless Classic winner Jesse Hockett.
Grandstand tickets for Tuesday night's Ultimate Challenge are just $25, with pit passes available for $30. Infield party pass tickets are just $20, with children 12 and under only $5. Call 515-957-0020 to purchase tickets or obtain additional information.
The Second Annual O'Reilly Sprint Bandits COMP Cams Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing consists of six events throughout Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.